Study at a University in Australia
Australian universities have an excellent reputation for research, with some ranked in the world's best. The government has a strong monitoring system to ensure that programs and teachers are the best they can be.
Australia has 43 universities. Approximately 1,200,000 students are currently attending Australian universities; 330,000 of these being international. Approximately 2/3 of students are undergraduate, while 1/3 are post graduate. Students are supported by approximately 100,000 university employees.
While many cultures referred to every level of education as 'school', in Australia 'school' is used for primary and high school only. So, do not ask an Australian university student what school they go to. They will look at you in a confused way! In addition, 'university' is referred to as 'uni'.
The Australian University system offers a complete range of programs and courses which will award you a valuable qualification that can be used globally.
Each university is self accrediting and rate sits on rules and regulations. They receive a large amount of funding from the government, but students are still required to pay fees to study.
Upon completing an Australian University program you will be awarded a Bachelor degree, Honours degree, Graduate certificate, Graduate diploma, Masters degree, or Doctoral degree. In comparison to Vocational Education and Training, which delivers shorter, more practical courses for specific industry requirements, university courses tend to be theory based. However, should you be studying for a profession such as engineering, dentistry, or teaching, the courses will have practical components as well.
The university year begins at the end of February or beginning of March. The second semester usually starts at the end of July. The summer holidays are from December to February.
The government provides a large amount of funding per student, but additional tuition fees are paid by the students themselves. As an international student, you can expect to pay between AUD$18,000-$40,000 a year for a bachelor's degree, and approximately AUD$20,000-$36,000 for a graduate degree, including a Masters or Ph.D.
Universities in Australia
Australian Catholic University